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First Home Moving Announcements

Send out custom moving cards to note neighbors, friends, and family members of your change of address.

Photography: Charles Schiller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2001


Long before the arrival of the pilgrims, this country was populated by people who moved, and that spirit of mobility has not waned over the centuries. An average of 43 million people in the United States change residences each year. If you are among them, a simple card containing your new address and telephone number, sent to family and friends, saves much puzzlement and ensures that birthday greetings reach you on time.


What you send need not be fancy—the post office even provides free postcards for this purpose—but a new home is something to celebrate, and custom-made announcements are one way to do just that. You don't have to look far for inspiration: A map of your community, floor plans, a set of house keys, the address itself, or the cardboard packing boxes provide material for imaginative missives. Just be sure you can finish your project in time: The post office advises sending out change-of-address cards one month before you move. Show off a little with an envelope made from blueprints of your home's floor plan. A copy shop can make prints for you.


For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of Moving Announcements.


  • Envelopes

  • Photocopies of home floor plan

  • Pencil

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Keys

  • Card Stock

  • Embosser

  • Stamps

  • Vellum envelope

  • Enlargements of your home's classified ad


  1. Open an envelope's flaps and use as a template to trace onto the prints. Cut out; fold and glue the flaps.

  2. Keys are powerful symbols of home ownership. Trace your set and enlarge on a copier to desired size; use copies as templates to cut out of card stock. Then use an embosser to imprint each with your address, and stamp with a message: "Your key to finding us." Use the tool later to create return addresses.

  3. "Your search is over." Stamp that sentiment on a vellum envelope containing a card with an enlargement of your home's classified ad on one side and your new address on the reverse.

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